Encouragement and Understanding Breed Success

Welcome to the April 2013 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Peaceful Parenting Applied

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Being a homeschooling Mom is difficult – especially when you have a slightly challenging child.  He’s not bad by any means.  He’s a very sweet boy with a very very very good heart.  He is a little attention challenged – I would say.  I don’t admit this often, and I would never tell him because I don’t want him to feel that he is different or bad or challenging.  It has gotten a lot better.  He is a champ – and with us just working with it – he has improved greatly.

I am very proud of him.

I noticed he had some challenges when I first started homeschooling him in Kindergarten.  I didn’t talk to the pediatrician.  I didn’t want him to undergo unnecessary and exhausting testing.  I didn’t want to medicate him.  I wanted to figure out how we could work through it together.

It’s been a learning experience that has required a lot of patience on both of our parts, but it certainly has been exciting to see him blossom into a beautiful young man.

However, there have been times…let me tell you.

Oh yes!

I have made many mistakes.  I have learned, grown and want to share with you some of the things that  have worked for me in getting him interested and loving school, involved with his education, and confident in himself and his abilities.

  1. Praise.  I give him constant praise for everything – even if he comes up with the wrong answer.  I stay positive, we work through the process, to see where he has made his mistake, and then I praise him for trying.  I tell him that we don’t always get things 100% right, but if we know the process, 9/10 times, we will come up with the correct answer.  The process is what’s important.  I also tell him that I am very proud that he tried so hard, concentrated so hard and worked so hard (which is very true).  I hug him and kiss him and make him feel loved and supported.  It’s important that everything is true and comes from the heart.
  2. Being tuned into your own children – and allowing yourself to be taught when necessary.  My kids teach me all the time.  An example – My son will often get into moods where he will look glassed eyed – off into never -never land.  When you look at him, it seems as if he’s not listening – and totally tuning you out.  It’s quite frustrating.  Well, he is listening – he was getting it.  This was an important lesson that I had to learn.  It’s part of his personality.
  3. Set definite boundaries.  Having a set of rules that everybody follows is important.  Everybody knows the rules, and the consequences of breaking those rules. You must follow through with the consequence.  With my kids, time out work very well.  They hate getting time outs because they are such busy bodies and want to be into everything.  Sitting in another room and listening to everybody playing is a punishment. Another one that works very well for my kids is no electronics for a certain period of time.  It works wonders.  Of course, you have to find things that work for your children – and realize that what works one day, might not work another.  I have a list.  🙂
  4. Finding a curriculum that works.  This isn’t really an option if your child goes to public or private school .  I found curriculum that presents the same topic 3 or 4 times – sometimes in different ways.  If he doesn’t get it the first time around, there are ample opportunities – as it will come around again.  It helps him and me.  Him – it builds confidence.  Me- it helps me to calm down and know that just because he’s not understanding right here and now, that it’s coming around again.  Eventually, he will get it.  Always by the end he understands the concept (when presented alone).
  5. Stepping back and taking a break.  When things get too frustrating, sometimes you just need to take  break – and go outside for some air, or go to the park, or end the school day.  Negativity will impede the learning process.

These are just 5 tools that have helped me to not only teach my kids in a positive and productive manner.  It helps to  keep a safe space for everyone to prosper and grow.

Hadyn Doing Cursive Writing

I would love to hear your ideas.  What tools have you employed to keep things safe between you and your children?


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  1. While we have different parenting methods (our family doesn’t use rewards or punishments), I can tell how much you love your son through your post. You are so right that we can learn so much from our children, and taking a break or changing things so that you have something which is working for everyone are important to our day to day life.
    Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children recently posted…Dealing with Whining CompassionatelyMy Profile

    • Hey Mandy,

      Thanks so much for your post. I love this carnival. I am enjoying everybody’s post so much. I am learning a lot.

      I have actually never heard of parenting with no consequences what-so-ever. I just try to do everything so that they understand what they have done wrong. Well, it hasn’t always worked, and my husband gives me grief. We don’t do rewards. I tried, but it didn’t work. All they wanted was bigger and more expensive rewards.

      Not good.

      I feel like I sort of go with the flow, and try to see what works.
      Lisa recently posted…Encouragement and Understanding Breed SuccessMy Profile

      • I wouldn’t say there are no consequences. Everything we do in life has consequences, good or bad. We are always speaking with our children about situations, actions, and so forth and working with them to come up with solutions which work for everyone. if you are interested, the top two books I recommend are Between Parent and Child and Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) While they are both older books, they are also both based on non-violent communication techniques. Just as we work together with our life partners or family and friends to navigate this crazy thing called life, so, too can we work with our children. There are many other great books out there, but those are the two I always recommend if I can only name a couple. 🙂
        Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children recently posted…Dealing with Whining CompassionatelyMy Profile

      • Awesome! Thank you!

        I will get those two books and do some reading!

        Thanks for coming back and posting!
        Lisa recently posted…Encouragement and Understanding Breed SuccessMy Profile

  2. I’ve found that most of our journey towards peaceful parenting has been about dealing with my sh*t… Finding ways to relax amidst the storm, defining my triggers…
    thanks for your submission
    Laura recently posted…Peaceful Parenting in the Light of Big EmotionsMy Profile

  3. I like that “keep things safe between you and your children”. I find what helps me is to pick my battles and offer choices. I want my daughter to have as much agency as she can. And I find that the freer she feels, the more she listens to me when I really need her to.

    • Picking your battles is so important. It’s so wasteful to talk through stupid and insignificant things.

      You know, I used to get annoyed when my daughter wanted to change her clothes 15 times during the day. Finally, I said – fine. Go to your room and change your clothes, I don’t care. Change them 100 times – but you need to do the changing.

      Then it stopped.

      It was amazing!

      You are so awesome for stopping by! Thanks!
      Lisa recently posted…Recitation Exercises – Spine Poetry – National Poetry MonthMy Profile

  4. Homeschooling is very foreign to me, but I can imagine it must be so challenging. My sister does a pre-school, and she has a great handle on teaching and teaching at home. I’m encouraging her to write a book;)
    Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club recently posted…YouTube Marketing StrategiesMy Profile

  5. We are also homeschooling and I love the freedom it allows for our family! We actually are unschooling so we don\\\’t use a curriculum at all – I tell you as a former teacher, I wouldn\\\’t be homeschooling if I hadn\\\’t found out about unschooling! I have no desire to be my children\\\’s \\\”teacher\\\” in the sense I was as a public high-school teacher. However, I LOVE being their partner, facilitator, and helping them explore the world and their interests!I think the idea of kids not having an attention span is mostly a myth created by our culture. I love that you realized when your son was \\\”glassy eyed\\\” that he was actually processing things! How wonderful.I wrote about children\\\’s attention span a bit last summer (it included a bit about TV too) Thought you might be interested – it won’t let me post the link here, so let me know if you’d like it! Or just look in July on my blog 😉
    Susan recently posted…Hitting and Peaceful ParentingMy Profile

  6. I’ve found myself wishing that I could homeschool occasionally.. but if there is one thing I’m not – that’s a teacher. Sounds like your boy is doing great.
    Tat recently posted…Peaceful parenting in action: the importance of realistic expectationsMy Profile

  7. I love the tools you use! I especially like that you present the same information in different ways and focus on the process over product. You have some lucky kids!
    maryanne recently posted…Creative Sand Sensory PlayMy Profile

  8. Thanks for your honesty and your commitment to your children and your family, Lisa. We’re not at school-age in our home yet, though get to support our daughter’s learning (and our own) everyday. We do a nightly acknowledgement ritual at dinnertime (along with our gratitude) where we each say one thing that we acknowledge each person for, including ourselves. For us this is a moment to really shine a light on part of each other’s being or doing that we noticed that day — it feels good to share these words and to receive them. I used to be a big praise-giver until I read Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn which you might enjoy. For me it opened my eyes to the ways that my praise might unintentionally take away some of my daughter’s own joy in her experience and also how it might be limiting her ability to do things for their own sake rather than doing things because mama then says nice things to her.
    Shonnie recently posted…How a peaceful parent speaksMy Profile

    • Shonnie,

      Thank you so much for your insight and comments! You know, I must admit that I really really loved this carnival. The energy is so wonderful – and I have learned sooooooooo much.

      I have gotten the two books that Mandi recommended, and I will get this one as well!

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to read the posts in the link-up.
      Lisa recently posted…I Love Bloglovin Blog HopMy Profile


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